Thailand: Bangkok Where We Went


Bangkok Post. The English-language newspaper in Thailand.

Baht—a unit of Thai currency.

Gulf of Thailand. An inlet of the South China Sea that borders Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Chao Phraya. A major river in Thailand that runs through the middle of Bangkok.

Jonathan Taylor. Free-lance photographer in Bangkok who also runs photography sessions
for the public.

Educational Travel Center (ETC), Bangkok Office. Assistance for visitors.


BTS Skytrain. The Bangkok Mass Transit System called Skytrain is a rail-based, mass transit system.

Tuk Tuk. The onomatopoeic Thai name for an auto rickshaw, which is a multi-person vehicle based on a motorcycle. Bouncy and noisy, it’s a quick, cheap way to navigate Bangkok’s heavy traffic. Determine fare before boarding. Pronounced “took-took.” Thanatharee Rice Barge Cruise. A large, wooden craft available for sailing the Chao Phraya in grand style.

Where we stayed:

Sukhothai Hotel. One of Bangkok’s most luxurious hotels and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Stunning spa, pool area, and dining room with signature Thai service.



Erawan Shrine. A Hindu spirit house or shrine in downtown Bangkok, on a corner adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel.

Grand Palace. An historic 60-acre palace compound that includes government offices, the Emerald Buddha, and royal residences. One of the most popular tourist sites in Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha). A temple in the Grand Palace compound.

Emerald Buddha. A 30-inch tall jade or jasper statue considered the most sacred statue in Thailand.



Pak Klong Tarad (Pak Khlong Tarad). A large market area on the Chao Praya river that includes the famous, busy, and colorful, 24-hour flower market.

Klong (Khlong, Shlong). A canal or a small river.

Chinatown. A district of Bangkok populated by Chinese merchants since the 18C founding of Bangkok.

Yoawarat Road. Part of Bangkok’s Chinatown and a section of town known for its food markets and stalls. Especially good for inexpensive but terrific dinners–don’t hesitate to order from outdoor stalls or carts.

Siam Center. One of the shopping malls in Bangkok’s Pathum Wan district.

Siam Paragon. One of the largest, most upscale shopping malls in Bangkok’s Pathum Wan district.

Mahchai Town. A market town outside Bangkok

Tarad Rom Hoop market. An extensive food market outside of Bangkok that is, incredibly, bisected by a train that runs right through the heart of the market (and over the wares) eight times a day. It also accounts for one of the most-watched videos on YouTube.

Wat Pho (or Wat Phra Chetuphon). The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, in the Phra Nakhon district, is the largest and oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok.

Wat Arun. “The Temple of the Dawn” is a Bangkok landmark on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river.

Lebua State Tower Hotel. An all-suite hotel on Silom Road with an outdoor, roof-top restaurant, Sirocco, on the 65th floor offering a spectacular view of Bangkok.

Bed Supperclub. An upscale restaurant, stage, gallery and nightclub in which patrons lounge on bed-like platforms while being served by waitresses wearing tiny uniforms vaguely reminiscent of Jane Fonda in “Barbarella.”


Kai-jo Brothers. A wild and crazy Thai reggae band with an insistent beat.

Joe Louis Theater. Bangkok’s traditional, Thai puppet theater.